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JORGE POSADA RETIRES FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:56 PM EST

Jorge Posada declared his retirement from Major League on Tuesday. Posada began the press conference by reading from a prepared declaration, calling his encounter as a Yankee “priceless.”

He thanked lots in and outside the Yankees organization, including his other half, Laura, whom he called his “rock.” When he got to his squad, he quickly cried as he spoke about his greatest friend, shortstop Derek Jeter. Basketball odds

“I hope, you won’t miss me that much,” Posada claimed to Jeter, who was in the meeting.

With the New York Yankees not showing interest in re-signing him, Posada asserted he failed to contemplate signing with any one other group.

“I knew in my heart and I knew in my head I didn’t want to play anymore,” Posada said. Basketball spreads

The catcher Posada recounted how he entered Yankee Stadium every day with the same thought in his mind.

“I quoted Joe DiMaggio’s (famous quote), ‘I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee, ‘” Posada claimed.

Posada, 40 year-old, played 17 seasons, all with the Yankees. He finished with a .273 average, 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs in 1,829 games. Most of them were under manager Joe Torre, whom Posada called a “father” figure for him.

Jorge Posada is one of only five catchers all-time with 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 homers and 1,000 RBIs; Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, Carlton Fisk and Ivan Rodriguez are the other 4. Posada closures his profession as the 1st catcher since Bench to play 17 sequential seasons with the very same team.

Of all the catchers in the Hall of fame, only Yogi Berra has superior numbers in all three big categories (average, homers and RBIs). Fisk, as an example, had 376 homers, but his .269 average was not as good as Posada’s. There are at the current time 13 catchers in the Hall-Of-Fame, with Mike Piazza on the ballot next year.

Posada finished with the 8th better home runs in Yankees history.

The NY Yankees drafted Posada in 1990 in the 24th round. He was originally an infielder before being moved to catcher, Posada made the All-Star team 5 times at the placement.

Last year, Posada played only one game afterwards the plate as he shuttled out of and into the lineup, often as the elected hitter. He finished the season with a .235 average, 14 homers and 44 RBIs. He probably did have great time, though, clinching the AL East title at home with an RBI single. In the Yankees ‘ five-game ALDS defeat to the Detroit Tigers, Posada was a single one of the only Yankees to hit, batting .429.

Although Jeter and Rivera were present for the celebrations, the Yankees released declarations from many of Posada’s teammates – from Bernie Williams to Andy Pettitte to Alex Rodriguez. Even the mayor of NY, Michael Bloomberg, chimed in.

“Jorge Posada is a good Yankee and an excellent New Yorker,” Bloomberg said. “On behalf of all Residents of New York, I congratulate him on his notable job and credit him for the useful awarding he’s made to our city.”

A Yankees public relations official claimed that there were more media in attendance for the news conference than any in the 3-year history of the new Yankee Stadium.


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